I keep a small supply of popular materials in stock, and I can quickly order anything I don’t have that you want. Take a look at the vendor sites below for all the options available to you. If you still can’t find what you want, but can give me a good description, chances are we can get some custom-made blanks done for you!
Note: I will order the materials for your pen. All you need to do is tell me what you want. I’ll take care of the rest!
Vintage Celluloid from my personal collection – I have a small collection of vintage celluloid stock dating back to the 1930’s. Very rare and beautiful!
McKenzie Penworks – Home of DiamondCast™ Blanks — patent pending blanks featuring real diamond
Muttblanks – home of the fabulous alumilite Lava Explosion, Lava Lamp, & Color Explosion blanks. I will not use their Mosaics and Mixed materials, as they are meant for kit pens. ***Note: The blanks found here are also sold by Exotic Blanks and Bear Tooth Woods, but they give them names instead of numbers. So, for example, Lava Lamp #75 from Muttblanks, Grape Mist Lava Lamp from Bear Tooth Woods, & Royal Society Lava Lamp from Exotic Blanks are all the same blank!
Exotic Blanks – They’ve got nearly anything you can think of! Check out the Pen Blanks Category where you can sort them by type or color.
Bear Tooth Woods – a great mix of acrylic and alumilite choices
Woodturningz – Over 170 different kinds of exotic woods from around the world.
Griffin Exotic Wood – Top quality exotic woods
Nelson Wood – This is one of the best places to see what different woods look like when turned and finished.
Richard Greenwald – unique acrylics
The Turner’s Workshop – Original Conway Stewart resins from the liquidation sale! If you don’t see the specific material you’re looking for on the site, ask me about it. They also have some nice acrylics.
Jonathon Brooks – Custom made alumilite blanks. If you’d like something special made for your pen, we can work with Jonathon, who makes some of the most beautiful and unique pen blanks anywhere. He doesn’t have a site specifically for his custom blanks, but you can see examples of his fabulous work on many of my pens here.
Japanese Ebonite – I can get the best Japanese ebonite, or hard rubber, in solid black as well as in multiple colors, including Ripple and Mottled styles. There is no extra charge for Japanese Ebonite.
SEM Ebonite – German ebonite in a wide variety of colors, both marbled and mottled. (The solid colors have been known to fade over time, so I recommend only the marbled and mottled styles. All ebonite fades eventually, though.) This is a pdf file of their 2016 colors.
Vermont Freehand – This is a pipe making site that offers some nice acrylic (lucite), as well as German ebonite from both SEM & New York Hamburg.
* Please Note:
Of all the details to consider in creating your custom pen, your choice of material is perhaps the most important in giving it your own special stamp, in making it uniquely yours! The colors, design patterns, and type of material should all be considered.
Alumilite, Cebloplast, and Ebonite, sometimes called Hard Rubber, all have a warm, organic feel which fountain pen aficionados love. Acrylic & Lucite are shiny, slick, and less warm on initial touch. Some materials, such as Ebonite, Lucite, & Acrylic, are tougher than others. They all come in a wide variety of colors and patterns. Take some time to browse the vendor links above to see what’s available. I can’t possibly list all the vendors out there, so I’ve listed some of my top choices for high quality materials.
🙂 My preferred working materials are acrylic, alumilite, lucite, ebonite, cebloplast, celluloid, wood, & some metals. Please note that I do not work with Animal Horn or Bone, True Stone, Polyester Resins (such as Rhino Plastics and the Alternate Resin series), Invisavue, Carbon Fiber, and blanks that include organic materials such as acorns, pasta noodles, beans, pine cones, wood chips, and blanks made of other mixed materials. Blanks that come pre-drilled and with brass tubes are also not meant for kitless pens.